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Morrissey

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Morrissey’s influence and music legacy is irrefutable. Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in British pop, as well as one of the greatest lyricists of his generation, Morrissey has thirteen solo studio albums, a string of No.1 records, and an Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.

As lead singer of The Smiths he marked forever the history of music with only four albums. As a soloist he has consolidated a sound that still reverberates today with his forthcoming album Bonfire of Teenagers.   An explicit declaration of love for music has made him one of the most acclaimed voices of the last four decades worldwide.  When the debut single from The Smiths, “Hand In Glove,” first emerged 40 years ago, the musical landscape was forever changed and launched a rich catalogue of songs that includes anthems such as “This Charming Man,” “How Soon Is Now?,” “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out,” “Suedehead,” “Everyday Is Like Sunday,” “Irish Blood, English Heart,” “First of the Gang to Die,” and many many more. The celebration of Morrissey’s music and influence on culture have resonated with fans worldwide for over 40 years.

Morrissey’s Autobiography published in 2013 by Penguin Classics spent six weeks at the number 1 sales spot, plus five weeks at number 2.  It was the second fastest-selling autobiography in British history.  His first two nights at the Hollywood Bowl broke the Beatles record for sell-out speed.  In 2006, Morrissey was voted the second greatest living British icon by viewers of the BBC, coming second to Sir David Attenborough, with Sir Paul McCartney in third place.  In 2007, Morrissey was voted the greatest living northern male in the Manchester Evening News.  

Morrissey has had 24 top ten albums in England: nine with The Smiths, fifteen as a solo artist.  His California Son (released 2019) reached number 7 on the U.S. Billboard chart, and his Low In High School (released 2017) reached number 10 on the U.S. Billboard chart.  Morrissey has had seven top 20 albums in the U.S.A.  His 1992 album Your Arsenal was Grammy nominated, and his solo songs have been covered by David Bowie, Nancy Sinatra, Marianne Faithfull, Thelma Houston, Christy Moore, The Killers, The Chemical Brothers, Chrissie Hynde.

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